- Born: 1 Sep 1853, Pangatotara, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
- Marriage: Emma REMNANT on 28 Sep 1886 in Registry Office, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
- Died: 22 Jun 1935, Southland Road, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand at age 81
- Buried: Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
In 1863 John's brother Henry had married Emma's cousin Eliza. At thistime, John was a farmer, presumably with his father and uncles. Soonafter their marriage, John and Emma moved to Taranaki, where all theirchildren were born. They ran a 150 acre dairy farm at Frankley Road,Omata, near New Plymouth.
John was the first secretary of the local dairy factory, which was one ofthe first to package butter in the 1 pound lots for export to Britain.
Long before gas was commercially extracted from Taranaki fields, JohnGrooby piped gas into his house for lighting.
In 1921 (or 1919? see Emma's obit in Herald Tribune) John and Emmaretired to Hastings where they owned a small orchard and ran a few headof cows at Twyford, and later a two acre property at Southland Road. In1936 the Taranaki farm transferred to John's trustees, George Craft andRaymond Grooby, and was finally sold out of the family in 1942.
John died in his 82nd year in 1935. Both John and Emma are buried at theHavelock North Cemetery with their eldest son Percy Leonard and daughterLeila, and next to the grave of Hilda and Claude Dentice. The tombstonealso remembers their second son Henry, who was only 18 years old when hewas killed in action at the Somme in France during the First World War.
John married Emma REMNANT, daughter of REMNANT and Unknown, on 28 Sep 1886 in Registry Office, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand. (Emma REMNANT was born on 6 Apr 1866 in Ngatimoti, Nelson, New Zealand, died on 27 Mar 1966 in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and was buried in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.)